I’m Not Afraid to Admit that My Mind is Blown

“Whatever you do, don’t write about going to Ibiza.” Said everyone I know, but my itchy fingers have a mind of their own. I’m a writer after all, how on earth am I supposed to not write about the most life affirming experience I’ve had in a very long time? In a nutshell, Ibiza was mind blowingly awesome! I’ve been a mum for seven years, and in that time I haven’t had more than one day away from my children. That’s an awfully long time…

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Three Milk Based Drinks You Need in Your Life

I started riding the merry-go-round of exclusion diets way back in 2002, and the biggest culprit of food intolerance for me has always been cows dairy. Since doing the GAPS diet, I’ve been a lot less strict with what I eat, but I couldn’t tell you the last time I actually drank cows milk. That was until a2 Milk™ came into my life, and as it only contains the A2 protein it is much easier to digest than milk containing the A1 protein. Read this…

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How I am Making Myself a Much Happier Mama

I’ve been very vocal in the past about how hard I find motherhood. With three kids under seven, no wider-family support, autism and home ed to contend with, I’m massively up against it. I don’t think many would argue with that. But, ultimately, our happiness does largely rest in our own hands. Do you want to know the most effective thing I have done lately to boost my happiness? I stopped caring so much! I took a huge step back from all areas in my life and stopped trying so…

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Synopsis for Kate’s Story on Facebook Live

The first draft of my novel Kate’s Story is coming along fabulously. It’s been read by several beta readers, and their feedback has been taken on board. It is being read by a handful of others as we speak, and I think it’s in pretty good shape to be submitted to agents (gasp). Rather than write the synopsis in a blog post, I’ve shared it here on my first Facebook Live broadcast. If you manage to find four minutes to watch it, please do give me some feedback. Ultimately I’d…

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How to Host a Birthday Party and Actually Enjoy Yourself

My beautiful, sassy, unique, darling firstborn turned seven today. She was promised a birthday party this year, and started planning it in February. Seriously, the second her brother and sister’s birthdays had been and gone Polly set about making the invitations. We originally thought we had a booking at a large venue, so were free and easy with numbers, and at the peak of collating RSVP’s we had around seventy guests coming, ranging from six months up to seventy years old. A few weeks ago we discovered that there…

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Things I Say vs Things I Mean

“YOLO” my friend wrote underneath my Facebook status the other day. I had no idea what it meant, so consulted with the Urban Dictionary and discovered that ‘you only live once’, which I wholeheartedly agree with. It got me thinking that there are plenty of things I say throughout the course of the day, that I don’t necessarily mean. Here are some of my favourite dual meaning phrases “I’m going to the toilet to do a big stinky poo!” roughly translates to: I’m going to hide…

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The Things I’ve Learnt in the Year Since my Daughter’s Autism Diagnosis

It’s been a full year since my eldest daughter Polly (7) was diagnosed with high functioning autism. To say it’s been a rocky road from there to here would be an understatement. We pulled her out of mainstream school and have been home educating since November, which has gone to prove that above all else, us parents have to listen to our instincts and do whatever it takes to make our babies happy. Here are some of the other things I’ve learnt on my journey…

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The Perfect Potty Training Recipe with Huggies® Pull-Ups® #sp

If only potty training was as prescriptive as a food recipe. Take one (willing) toddler, a potty and training seat, few packs of pull ups, give it a month, and voila your baby is fully toilet trained. No mess, no accidents, no need to drink a bottle of gin to console yourself with. When I was pregnant with Freddy, and told my friends with older boys that we were expecting a boy, the most consistent remarks I received were about potty training, and how the blues are…

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Healthiest and Easiest Chocolate Ice Cream Ever (Dairy and Sugar Free)

I’ve spoken many times before about sneaking goodness into my kids. At two, four and almost seven they usually need convincing to eat healthy food. As far as I’m concerned, health food doesn’t get better than avocado. If being loaded with good fats, antioxidants and vitamins A, D, E and K wasn’t enough, they even help reduce your cholesterol levels.  Unfortunately my children are fickle beyond belief, one day they love avo as much as I do, and the next, the very idea of eating it…

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